Robert W. Elsass, Jr. Named Campus Administrator for Thomas Nelson Community College’s Historic Triangle Campus

Published: September 11, 2006

The Virginia Peninsula – Robert W. Elsass, Jr. has been named administrator of Thomas Nelson Community College’s Historic Triangle (HT) campus. Elsass assumed his duties Aug. 1 rejoining the College after having retired in June.

Formerly Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Thomas Nelson, Elsass has 12 years of experience in college administration and an extensive background in public relations. A retired U.S. Air Force officer with a military career of more than 20 years, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Radio and Television Production from Ohio State University at Columbus, Ohio and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Denver, Denver, Colo. He also attended the Air War College, Air University at Montgomery, Ala. and did masters program studies at the University of Oklahoma and the Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Deborah Wright served six months as Interim HT Provost. Having held the interim post while also serving as Vice President for Workforce Development, Wright continues her duties in workforce development with heavy demand for establishing new programs and partnerships. Meanwhile, the College administration has re-opened its search to fill the Historic Triangle provost position.

“I am very pleased that Mr. Elsass agreed to rejoin Thomas Nelson particularly at this time. We are about to realize a vision that has been more than 10 years in the making since all of the elements are now aligned to begin construction of a permanent Historic Triangle campus over the next two years. Mr. Elsass has always been a huge supporter of our HT efforts and a strong advocate for the College in our efforts to work with the Virginia legislature. I’m certain his diligence will persist,” said Thomas Nelson President Dr. Charles A. Taylor.

“We are also thankful for the dedication exhibited by Dr. Wright during her service as Interim HT Provost and continuation of her duties as Vice President for Workforce Development. She is a valuable member of the Thomas Nelson family. I also have the utmost confidence in the search committee’s ability to select and bring aboard the best and most highly qualified candidate to fill the provost position at the Historic Triangle,” he added.


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